The ever punctual Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Saulosi Chilima was on Saturday force to wait for over an hour before the start of Namulenga Catholic Parish Golden Jubilee as it clocked 75 years since its establishment in Mulanje as organisers could finish their arrangements.
Chilima, who was guest of honour at the event, arrived at exactly 08:35am as the program demanded but when he arrived organisers had not finished their preparations and were forced to finalise in haste.
The vice president, a devout Catholic, did not complain about the delays that had kept him waiting for half an hour.
Instead he re-assured churches in the country government will continue working with them to uplift lives of Malawians.
Chilima said from time immemorial government and religious institutions have been in a good working relationship that has positively impacted on lives of the people, citing the provision of health services, education and good governance as some of the areas the two sides have had mutual objectives.
”As government, we appreciate the role churches play in developing people’s lives, and we encourage you to continue working with the government of the day for the benefit of God’s people,’’ he appealed.
Chilima assured people that the current government, under the leadership of His Excellency Professor Peter Mutharika, was very willing to cooperate with all churches in the country and listen to their counsel for the development of all Malawians.
Commenting on the Veep’s assurance, the Archbishop for the Blantyre Archdiocese, His grace Thomas Msusa hailed Chilima, describing him as a man with strong spirituality.
”We thank you for always making yourself available whenever we invite you for functions such as this: May God bless you Your Excellency,” said the Archbishop.
He further highlighted that government has time and again demonstrated good will towards cooperating with the church in serving the nation, a thing he said has always encouraged churches in development work.
Speaking during the same event, Father Superior for Namulenga Parish, Eric Kabwaibwai described his area of jurisdiction as the largest Parish in the Archdiocese of Blantyre, serving over 60,000 congregants.
”This, Your Excellency justifies the current need for us to build a new bigger worshipping house, as the current one fails to accommodate the ever growing congregation since it was built long time back when there were not many Catholics in the area.
In his response the vice president pledged 500 bags of cement towards the construction of a new church building and a fence around the Parish.
He also committed to sponsor two seminarians who were failing to pay for their education financially that would see them complete their Priestly education.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :